Feel the force of Harrogate’s Star Wars art

Star Wars #52 - To Take The Tarkin (1981)  Cover art by Walter "Walt" Simonson ' a comic book creator who was a regular penciler, writer, and cover artist for the Marvel Star Wars series of comics. Simonson's early professional work was for DC Comics, illustrating war stories in the early 1970s.
Star Wars #52 - To Take The Tarkin (1981) Cover art by Walter "Walt" Simonson ' a comic book creator who was a regular penciler, writer, and cover artist for the Marvel Star Wars series of comics. Simonson's early professional work was for DC Comics, illustrating war stories in the early 1970s.

A Harrogate art gallery is inviting Star Wars fans to cross over to the dark side and battle it out to get their hands on an exclusive range of artwork.

Ahead of the much anticipated release of The Force Awakens next month, the UK’s leading fine art publisher, Washington Green, is releasing six iconic Star Wars Marvel comic book covers as limited edition prints.

The artworks, produced in collaboration with Marvel’s fine art publisher, Choice Fine Art and Acme Archives, is now available to buy at Castle Galleries, on Parliament Street.

Marvel’s Star Wars series, published between 1977-1986, was the first official comic book adaptation of Star Wars and proved a phenomenal success on its release.

Translated into limited edition art for the first time, the new works pay tribute to some of the franchise’s most memorable characters; Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, the Stormtroopers and Darth Vader.

Each piece of artwork is individually hand signed by Stan Lee, 92, comic book writer, editor and former chairman of Marvel comics. Lee led the expansion of Marvel comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation, joining forces with George Lucas to produce a series of Star Wars comics after the huge success of the first space-fantasy film on screen.

With film experts predicting The Force Awakens will exceed all previous global box-office openings, the popularity of the Star Wars franchise – and demand for Star Wars products – continues to grow.

Graham Golisti, Castle Galleries manager, said: “Our Marvel artwork releases continue to be best sellers for Castle Galleries, and with the much anticipated launch of The Force Awakens, we expect this series of signed limited edition works to fly off the shelves.

“Marvel and Star Wars are two iconic brands which have individually had a huge impact on today’s popular culture. This collection of iconic comic book covers celebrates one of the most famous film franchises of all time and encapsulates the battle between good and evil which both Star Wars and Marvel are recognised for.

“It will appeal to both art collectors and fans of Star Wars alike – giving people a chance to own their own piece of comic book history.”